Stunning videos of waterspouts in Florida in the United States are going viral on social media. These waterspouts, also known as a tornado over water, were formed Tuesday by severe thunderstorms in northwest Florida. The natural phenomenon often surprises people and sometimes also moves from land to water. The amazing sight was captured by locals at one beach and another from an apartment in the area. The videos show multiple lightning strikes near the waterspout, as well as looming storm clouds.
One of the Instagram videos, which according to CBS News was shot Tuesday on a beach in Destin, panning from low-hanging dark clouds to a massive tornado-like funnel. It seems to connect the ocean and the sky.
This waterspout moved away from the coast after it formed and did not hit land.
Another footage posted to Facebook was also shot on a beach, showing a waterspout on the sea’s surface. No injuries were reported from these water tornadoes.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a waterspout is a swirling column of air and water mist. It further divided them into two categories – fair-weather waterspouts and tornadic waterspouts.
NOAA said tornado waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water or move from land to water. They have the same characteristics as a land tornado. It further said these waterspouts are associated with severe thunderstorms and are often accompanied by high winds and seas, large hail and frequent dangerous lightning.
In contrast, fair-weather waterspouts usually form along the dark, flat base of a line of developing cumulus clouds, the agency said.
While tornadic waterspouts develop downward in a thunderstorm, in fair weather a waterspout develops on the surface of the water and makes its way upwards.
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